Rite Of Spring

Come Dance The 'Rite Of Spring' With Us!

It's fun to stay at the ИМКА: Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring triggered an uproar at its world premiere in Paris a century ago. Now we're asking you to help celebrate the centennial by creating a dance of your own. i i

It's fun to stay at the ИМКА: Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring triggered an uproar at its world premiere in Paris a century ago. Now we're asking you to help celebrate the centennial by creating a dance of your own. Keystone-France/Getty Images hide caption

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It's fun to stay at the ИМКА: Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring triggered an uproar at its world premiere in Paris a century ago. Now we're asking you to help celebrate the centennial by creating a dance of your own.

It's fun to stay at the ИМКА: Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring triggered an uproar at its world premiere in Paris a century ago. Now we're asking you to help celebrate the centennial by creating a dance of your own.

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Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring turned Paris upside down upon its world premiere in Paris May 29, 1913 — and we're asking you to help us celebrate this groundbreaking work's centennial.

This one piece paved a new artistic path not just for musicians but for all kinds of other artists as well. In his press release for the Rite world premiere, impresario Serge Diaghilev promised that Vaslav Nijinsky's choregraphy for the Ballet Russes would "provide a new thrill that will doubtless inspire heated discussion." Well, it did far more than that. It set off a dance revolution. A century later, it's your turn to interpret this music for the here and now.

We're inviting professionals and the public alike to take the last minute of Stravinsky's inimitable score — in an exceptional performance by conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra — and create a new video to go along with this music.

Come Dance The 'Rite' With Us!

Cover for Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

Here's The Music For Your 'Rite' Performance

Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra in this performance. You can purchase the entire recording for your collection here.

Two things to keep in mind:

  • Rule No. 1: You have to use the music above, and you have to leave the music alone, just as we've provided it. You can't sing over it, speak over it, play over it, create your own musical arrangement, or otherwise embellish the music in any way.
  • Rule No. 2: Upload your finished video to YouTube between now and May 28 using the tag #ritenpr — and we'll select some of the best submissions to feature here on NPR Music. (You can also share a link with us in the comments section of this page or tweet us @nprclassical.)

The rest is up to you. Dance, improvise movement, make a one-minute animated short: It's up to you. Dream big. Show us your creativity. Be playful, serious, witty, exuberant, whatever you want. (Keep it clean, though! And human sacrifice is strongly discouraged.)

In the days ahead, we'll be featuring some submissions to help inspire you. In the meantime, take a look at what some choreographers have historically done with Rite — and have fun! We can't wait to see what you come up with.

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Millicent Hodson's reconstruction of Nijinsky's original choreography.

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Pina Bausch's choreography.

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Tero Saarinen's choreography.

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